Animal Week at Rainbow Songs!

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Holy jeepers look at those peepers! It’s Animal Week at Rainbow Songs, and we’re singing lots of great tunes about your favourite creepy crawlies. During this theme week, kids and parents are encouraged to come in animal costumes, and bring their favourite stuffies along with them.

You can sign up for Rainbow Songs now and join us in time for Animal Week! Enroll now at https://toronto.rainbowsongs.com/courses

There are so many great animal songs with actions. Doing these actions is an excellent way to help your child remember the words, developing both their memory and hand-eye coordination. And it’s fun!

One of our favourite children’s animal songs with actions is Baby Shark. As you sing it, you can act out the baby shark, momma shark and daddy shark, as well as the sun, the action of going swimming and a tidal wave. To make this even MORE fun, try speeding up as the action in the song gets more exciting! This teaches a change in rhythm and concepts of musical dynamics.

Rainbow Songs class favourites for Animal Week

One of the most popular Animal Week songs is Baby Shark. The lyrics are:

Baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Momma shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Daddy shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Sunny day, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Going swimming, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Tidal wave, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Shark attack, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
We’re swimming fast, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
We’re safe at last, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

Here are some of our best songs about Animals, including Baby Shark, Elephants Have Wrinkles, and Little Green Frog. These are songs we sing in class, and the recordings on the video below feature Rainbow Songs teachers as vocalists. We hope that you’ll sing along!

Learning Sign Language with Rainbow Songs

Sign language is a great way to communicate with your child before they are capable of speech. But did you know signing can help your child learn to sing?

The connection between song, hand actions, and language has been a tradition in children’s music for hundreds of years. Actions that parallel the content of the lyrics help children to learn language more quickly and thoroughly.

At Rainbow Songs we combine ASL signs with other simplified signs in our songs to increase connection between words and actions. Using signs helps children to learn words, then lyrics, then the structure of songs. The actions and signs help the children remember both what verse they are singing and what part of the verse they are in.

We use mostly familiar songs to teach signs so we can focus on learning signs, not on learning songs.

Other sign language tips:

  • Make sure your baby sees your hands clearly. This is key to helping them make the connection between the sign and the word
  • Stay consistent with your signs. Use them frequently—every time you engage in the activity or say the word
  • Don’t set aside time to sign, just incorporate it into your day, keeping it simple and fun
  • Don’t worry about teaching all the signs at once; just choose a few to start. When you think your baby is getting the hang of it and signing back, you can slowly add more signs to their repertoire

Sign up for a Rainbow Songs class today, and make sign and singing a great part of your life with your child!

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Spring classes are now underway!

Our Spring session is now underway!

Haven’t enrolled your preschool-aged child yet? It’s not too late! You’re welcome to join us for the remainder of the term. Our system automatically offers a prorated price, so you’re only paying for the weeks that remain. Check for times and availability here and sign up today: toronto.rainbowsongs.com/courses.

With 20 locations throughout Toronto, there’s a Rainbow Songs class happening near you! The Spring term runs until Saturday, June 30

NEW for Spring 2018! We’re excited to announce that we’ve opened a NEW Annex location! Teacher Danica leads Rainbow Songs on Tuesdays at our Annex South location, Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church at Bloor/Spadina.

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